AQUATIC RESCUE & SAFETY COURSE

Introduction

This course is only for use in speci ed countries approved by the ISA and presented by approved ISA Course Presenters. Note that where ever possible, if an International Life Saving Federation member organization is present in the country in which the course is to be conducted, they should be noti ed that the course is taking place.

The ISA Surf and SUP Instructor Aquatic Rescue and Safety Course is a minimum length of One Full Training and Assessment Day. Depending on the knowledge, skills and experience of participants, the Course may be conducted over two or more days

It is for use in conjunction with ISA Instructing Courses to meet the Ocean Rescue Award requirement of ISA accreditation. When successfully completed, this course enables the holder, once all other requirements are met, to apply for ISA Instructing Accreditation. Please note that there may be other local jurisdiction requirements where further training and additional quali cations may be necessary. Knowing and understanding any local jurisdictional requirements is the responsibility of each individual ISA Instructor.

The ISA/ILS Surf and SUP Instructor Aquatic Rescue and Safety Course Certi cation is valid for two years from the date of completion at which time a participant must re-take the course. This is to prove pro ciency and update any changes
in techniques and skills and to demonstrate continued pro ciency in all knowledge, skills and techniques required. This certi cation ful lls the minimum water safety requirement for the ISA Coaching and Instructing Program and includes international ILS endorsement and recognition.

Course Pre-Requisites

  • All participants must be a minimum of 15 years of age. Please note that the minimum age for ISA Level 1 Instructors is 16 and there may be local jurisdiction requirements and age limits that differ from this

  • Prior to attending a course, participants must have completed a timed swim of 200m completed in under 5 minutes in a pool no shorter than 25m. This must have been witnessed and completion certi cate signed by a Pool Manager, Quali ed Swim Coach, ISA Course Organiser or ISA Course Presenter

    Course Components

    The ISA Surf and SUP Instructor Aquatic Rescue and Safety Course includes theory and practical components as well as group discussions and group activities.

    The theory components are delivered by a PowerPoint Presentation and Participant Workbook.

    The practical components include basic water/surf skills, completing patient rescues using a board, performing basic rst aid, performing basic CPR and emergency care techniques and successfully completing a basic tness test.

    There will be a different tness test for Surf Instructors and Flat Water Instructors. These are described below.

    The Basic Surf Fitness Test will be as a minimum the following:
    100m run
    Negotiation of the inner surf zone with a swim of at least 100m through the surf and impact zone 100m run

This is to be done showing surf skill competency and within a 5 minute time frame. It is based on small to moderate surf conditions of 2-3ft surf, ie waist to head high surf.

The Basic Flat Water Fitness Test will be as a minimum the following:

  • 100m run

  • Swim 50m

  • Run 50m

  • Swim 50m

  • Run 50m

  • Swim 50m

  • Run 50m

    This is to be done showing aquatic skill competency and within a 5 minute time frame. It is based on at conditions with no current with the swimming components completed in water that is chest deep as a minimum. It must be noted that the swim is a swim, not a run through the water.

    The Surf and Aquatic skills component of the Basic Fitness Test assesses the competency of a participant entering the water and running, wading and dolphining/diving through the water/surf.

    A Course Presenter may extend the course of the Basic Fitness Test in which case, the time frame might also be adjusted, depending on conditions.

    Course Practical Assessments

    The ISA Surf and SUP Instructor Aquatic Rescue and Safety Course Assessment is a competency based assessment. Participants have to show competency in the following Practical Skills:

    • Unconscious Board Rescue

    • Basic First Aid techniques in numerous scenarios

    • Provision of Basic Emergency Care including CPR

      Successful Course Completion

      To successfully complete the ISA Surf and SUP Instructor Aquatic Rescue and Safety Course, all participants must:

    • Satisfy the Course Pre-Requisites

    • Attend and be present for the full Course Training and Assessment sessions as determined prior to the start of a course

    • Show competency in all theory components including successful completion of the Participant Workbook

    • Show competency in all practical components of the Course including Board Rescue techniques, basic rst aid techniques and satisfy the basic tness components 

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